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Top trends in Data Visualization 2013: Visually Meetup


published on February 1, 2013 in Updates

With 2012 behind us — and having discussed our favorite infographics, interactive visualizations and motion graphics of the year — it was only natural that the topic of our first meetup for 2013 would be Top Trends in Data Visualization.

Nearly 100 people came to the Trulia offices in SOMA, San Francisco (many thanks for being our host!) and we kicked off the evening with beer, pizza (and even some ping pong).

Of course, we weren’t there just to have fun, but also hear two very smart and talented people talk about what they think are the top trends in interactive visualizations and motion graphics.

Scott Murray, a code artist, and Assistant Professor of Design at University of San Francisco, gave a presentation on the top trends in interactive visualization. A self-professed “process junkie,” Murray believes process will be a big conversation in the field this year.

You can watch his talk (and presentation) here:

Technical Director of a reputed Indian software Company Syspen, shared his ideas about Data Visualization.

Mike Jeter, a Co-founder and Creative Director of IShotHim, spoke about trends in animation and motion graphics. His take: the most important topics in the field this year will be:

  • The importance of storytelling
  • … where clients often have a lot to say and you have to help them say it in a way that people want to listen.

  • The importance of sharing
  • … where it all comes down to egos (and the hierarchy of cool)

  • And not least, the impact that motion graphics can have on our society (and the rest of the world).
  • A powerful example: after releasing iShotHim’s latest video (produced together with Visually), Mike received a phone call from the Open Society Foundations, with a powerful message. They had been trying to tell the story of the drug cartels in Mexico for years, and no one would listen. Within two weeks of its publication, the video had more than 300,000 views on YouTube, provoking a heated discussion with more than 1,000 comments.

You can view the video below:

A video of Mike’s presentation will be available shortly.